Honeywell has announced the next phase of a modernization project with Fort Benning, a U.S. Army post located on the border of Alabama and Georgia.
The main aim of the project is to improve energy resilience and create a more comfortable living and working environment for Fort Benning soldiers, employees and tenants. The $23 million project will help significantly reduce energy consumption on the base and generate $1.4 million in annual energy savings, Honeywell said in a release.
The U.S. Department of Defense defines energy resilience as the ability to prepare for and recover from energy disruptions that impact mission assurance on military installations.
This project phase includes more than 300 buildings, covering approximately 11.2 million square feet of Fort Benning’s total 26 million square feet of floorage. The project includes a utility monitoring and control system (UMCS), communication and cybersecurity upgrades, LED lighting, lighting controls and occupancy sensors, and building envelope improvements such as sealing cracks, gaps and holes and window solar film. The work will help to improve soldier comfort as Honeywell’s building control systems will remotely monitor key air quality factors such as temperature and humidity in the barracks.
Honeywell will also upgrade the buildings’ Niagara AX UMCS platform to the Niagara N4 – a platform offered by Tridium, a Honeywell business. Niagara Analytics will be implemented for Fort Benning to more effectively collect data and make better-informed decisions based on real and timely information, the company said.
“The upgrades Fort Benning and Honeywell are implementing will continue to help reduce the base’s overall energy consumption and help it to better reach its resiliency goals,” said Jose Simon, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Building Technologies’ Projects business unit. “The updates will provide the Fort Benning team with access to a cache of data which can be leveraged to improve site maintenance and insight into equipment performance, increase risk mitigation and provide improvements that impact the well-being and safety of those living on and visiting the base.”
The project represents the next phase of a 25-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) awarded to Honeywell in 2019 by Fort Benning, with a total project value of $43 million. Fort Benning is host to more than 100,000 U.S. Army members, trainees, dependents, retirees and federal civilian employees.
Honeywell also said it has successfully executed similar projects at a variety of Department of Defense sites, including Kunsan Air Base, Tinker Air Force Base and Rock Island Arsenal, among others.